Remember the 19th edition of Brussels Girl Geek Dinners , the one with @designarenas and @imaterialise as the speakers? We launched a Facebook contest shortly afterwards, with even more design prizes to win. And here are the winners:
- Ann Marcelis won the vases
- Lien de Leenheer won a market tote
- Elvire van Ooteghem, Gudrun Rombaut, and Inge Mestdagh each won a bravit candle
Oh, and one more thing: if you’re in trouble finding a holiday gifts, do yourself a favour and get them at http://arenascollection.com.
The 19th edition of Brussels Girl Geek Dinners (on Wed 18 November 2009 18:00-21:30, with @designarenas and @imaterialise as the speakers) totally wowed the girl geeks who were present. To give you an idea, this is what @gudrun (witch.be) wrote:
Ik ben erin geslaagd misschien wel de coolste prijs van allemaal weg te kapen (al was die lamp die Ploempje won ook niet mis): een gepersonaliseerde armband van iMaterialise. Ik mag een eigen ontwerp doorgeven, of eigen textuur of tekst of whatever, en zij zullen het naar een 3Dmodel omzetten en uitprinten, en daarna laten verzilveren. Hoe cool is dat zeg!
Click away to the the i.materialise Facebook page to enter the contest. Some examples of the prizes to be won below.
In a nutshell:
The 19th edition of Brussels Girl Geek Dinner takes place in Leuven on Wed 18 November 2009 18:00-21:30. To get in for free, write your name on the wiki. Ladies only, please!
The 19th edition of Brussels Girl Geek Dinner takes place in Leuven on Wed 18 November 2009 18:00. Speakers are Ward Callens, Director, .MGX Division at Materialise & Dominique D’Heedene (@designarenas) of DesignArenas, an e-tailer specializing in bringing hotel luxury and lifestyle at home.
.MGX works with innovative 3D printing techniques and some of the top designers, architects and artists from around the world to produce architectural models, art pieces and other custom projects, as well as a range of exceptional lighting objects, furniture, interior goods and accessories – all with a degree of detail, complexity and speed that cannot be offered by other production techniques.
Through the specific technologies of stereolithography and selective laser sintering, objects are brought to life primarily as single pieces, without joints or seams, through the principle of ‘additive fabrication’, whereby material is transformed from one state to another (liquid to solid or welding of material particles by laser beam). In most cases, .MGX creations would be impossible to produce using other manufacturing methods.
Recent .MGX collaborations have included projects with artists such as Frank Stella and Peter Jansen, as well as Asymptote, Future Systems, SOM, Foster & Partners, UN Studio and other leading architectural and design firms. The .MGX line of design products is currently exported to over 20 countries worldwide; has received many awards, including two Red Dot Design Awards; is featured in numerous international museums, including the MoMA in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris; and regularly appears in top design and decor publications such as: Icon, Surface Magazine, Elle Decor and Vogue Living.
Dominique D’Heedene graduated in Business Administration from KU Leuven in 1986. She started her professional career in Latin America, during and Aiesec traineeship in a banana company in Ecuador for 2 years. Right after she spent 8 months at IBM in Puerto Rico. Back in Belgium she continued to work for IBM until 2007 as an IT Architect.
In 2007 she interrupted her career at IBM and launched her own company, DesignArenas, an e-tailer specializing in bringing hotel luxury and lifestyle at home. DesignArenas partners with luxury and design hotels, build collections of interior design articles used in the partner hotels and builds a compelling visual experience through the webshop. Dominique is the architect of the business model and the portal and webshop structure. She negotiates with hotels and suppliers and runs DesignArenas. Today there are 6 online shops as a result as partnerships with Belgian and Spanish Hotel groups. These online shops offer the design and luxury products that can be found in the partner hotels and “bring hotel luxury home”.
This completely new direction in her life gives her plenty of energy and space for her own creativity and drive. With DesignArenas, Dominique wants to put money aside and create a children fund for her 3rd career in charity sector within 10 to 15 years …
Since October 2009, she’s back at IBM as an IT Architect while she continues as an entrepreneur with DesignArenas.